EDF Renewables and Deep Wind Offshore are cooperating with Moreld Ocean Wind for the floating solution at the offshore wind development on Utsira Nord in the Norwegian North Sea.
EDF Renewables has been working with Deep Wind Offshore on the first offshore wind projects in Norway since 2021. This work includes producing a competitive bid for the qualitative Utsira Nord tender and one of the focus areas is the development of a robust supply chain in Norway, the developers said. The consortium has now chosen its preferred supplier for floating wind foundations – Moreld Ocean Wind.
The consortium said it has investigated several floating solutions. The Ocergy floater that the Stavanger-based Moreld offers is described as ”an innovative steel three column construction that ensures good stability, fast assembly, and low weight.”
Ocergy is what the consortium considers to be the most sustainable and cost-effective solution at Utsira Nord.
”EDF Renewables has more than 10 years of experience in offshore wind and is currently constructing one of the first floating wind farms in the world, Provence Grand Large,” Frédéric Belloy, Executive Vice President International operations of EDF Renewables, said.
”We’re pleased to partner with Deep Wind Offshore on this project, who complement our global experience and extensive technical expertise with their local presence and in-debt knowledge of the local supply chain. We’ve already enjoyed strong interactions with the Norwegian supply chain across a range of our projects and are delighted to continue doing so with Moreld and Ocergy to deliver a robust offer as part of the Utsira Nord bidding process.”
With this project, EDF Renewables and Deep Wind Offshore said they are committed to supporting Norway in achieving its goal of doubling power production by 2040, including 30 GW of offshore wind production.
Knut Vassbotn, CEO of Deep Wind Offshore, said: ”Moreld Ocean Wind’s solution is the most cost effective and sustainable of those we considered. It also represents the Norwegian way of doing things, with Moreld providing technology, engineering, procurement, and construction. This cooperation aligns with our goal on maximising local content, which is crucial not only to achieve social acceptance in the first offshore wind projects, but also to be able to upscale the industry to deliver further projects to reach the 30 GW target. Both parties in the consortium are fully aligned on this matter.”